Housing and planning staff are still deciding between two companies that submitted bids to study the county's need for rental housing andrehabilitation.
Legg Mason Realty Group Inc. of Baltimore and Stoker-Cox & Associates of Bel Air, Harford County submitted bids by theJan. 7 deadline, said Steven Horn of the county's Department of Planning.
"Both have relevant experience," Horn said. Both bids were withinthe range expected by the county -- $33,250 from Legg Mason and $31,448 from Stoker-Cox.
The Department of Planning and the Bureau of Housing and Community Development have set aside $35,000 from money in their two 1990-1991 budgets for the study and also could obtain another $10,000 in state grants.
The commissioned study will cover two areas -- the availability of rental housing for all income levels and the need for a state-funded Revolving Assistance Loan Fund to helpowners improve their property, Horn said.
Horn said the county wants the consultant to determine the need for additional rental housing, and to recommend ways government can encourage rental housing.
The loan fund is a state program, but the county needs the consultant's study to prove the fund is needed here, Horn said.